MHE Resources

MHE Resources and Referrals

Useful MHE Contacts - Useful MHE Contacts with Telephone Numbers (mainly for the Puget Sound area). Essentially a condensed list of many of the resources listed below. (PDF)

Top Tips for Improving Air Quality - Easy to follow tips to improve your air quality

A Healthy Home - Simple steps to make your home a safer and healthier place
Air Cleaners and Purifiers

Asthma and Allergy Information

Books of Interest

  • A Small Dose of Toxicology: The Health Effects of Common Chemicals by Steven G. Gilbert
  • Body Toxic: An Environmental Memoir by Susanne Antonetta A harrowing story of an immigrant family in the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey--a hauntingly beautiful, hauntingly compromised landscape. With incalculable sadness, Susanne Antonetta presents families in the midst of the wreckage of the American dream.
  • Listening to the Land by Derrick Jensen A collection of interviews with environmentalists, feminists, theologians, philosophers, and Indians centering around the question: If the destruction of the natural world isn't making us happy, why are we doing it?"
  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson "The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction."--Rachel Carson 1954

Chemical Database

Chemical Pollutants

Dry Cleaning

  • EnviroStars - Helps Washington counties businesses prevent hazardous waste. Provides lists of environmentally sound businesses in Washington State.   
  • EPA fact sheet on silicone-based dry cleaning
  • Wet cleaning review by Union of Concerned Scientists

Environmental Health Publications or Database

General Medical Information

General Tips on House Cleaning and Maintenance

Government Resources

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Indoor Pests and Biological Pollutants

Information on Healthy and Safe Buildings

Local Organizations

  • American Lung Association® in Washington
  • Washington Toxics Coalition
    Aims to protect public health and the environment by eliminating toxic pollution. Helpful information on reducing toxic materials at home and in the environment.
  • A Small Dose of Toxicology (Dr. Steven Gilbert)
    Website created by Dr. Steven Gilbert, a Master Home Environmentalist instructor.
  • Pollution in People: A Study of Toxic Chemicals in Washingtonian
    Toxic Chemicals are all around us - in our air, water, food, the products we use. They're in our bodies too.
  • Seattle Biotech Legacy Foundation
    Sponsors seminars on the health and environment as well as fund projects.
  • Tenants Union
  • The Better Business Bureau (serving Oregon and Western Washington).
    Provides reports on charitable organizations and companies.
  • EnvironStars
    List of environmentally sound businesses in the Puget Sound area
  • Northwest EcoBuilding Guild
    An association of people in various trades who are interested in ecologically sustainable building.
  • Take It Back Network
    Information on where and how to recycle household items in King, Pierce, Snohomish, Yakima, and Tacoma counties
  • Cool Mom
    Hot planet seeks CoolMoms: Concerned mothers raising awareness about climate change and taking action for a healthier earth for their children.

Low Income Resources

      Law Help

  • Helping Low-Income People Find Solutions to Civil Legal Problems (also en Espanol)
  • International District Legal Clinic
    Interpreters provided
  • Northwest Justice Project
    Civil (non-criminal) legal services to people living in King County who cannot afford a lawyer. Limited English speakers, general family law, domestic violence, education law, housing law, Native American issues, welfare law, refugee and immigrant advocacy, community legal education and training, advice and referral.
    401 2nd Ave. S, Suite 407
    Seattle, WA 98104
    1-888-201-9737 (TTY)
  • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
    Legal services for low-income refugees and immigrants in Washington State.
    Western Washington
    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 12 noon
    206-587-4009 or 1-800-445-5771
    Eastern Washington
    M-F 8:30am to 4:30pm
    509-854-2100 or 1-888-756-3641

      Utility assistance

  • Seattle City Light
    Offers a free Home Resource Profile that provides customized recommendations for reducing utility bills.
  • City of Seattle Utility Assistance
  • Federal Way Office of the Multi-Service Center
    253-874-4328 or 1-800-422-1384
  • Kent Office of the Multi-Service Center
  • CAMP Energy Assistance Program
  • Snohomish County Energy Assistance Program
  • Hopelink Energy Assistance Program
    425-869-6027 or 1-800-348-7144

      Health Care Assistance

  • King County Public Health
    Access and Outreach
    Medicaid, community clinics, ex cetera. Will work with individuals to assess need and resources.

      Child Care

  • City of Seattle
  • DSHS Working Connections Child Care Program

      Food Assistance

  • City of Seattle


NW Clean Air

  • Two informational titles; “Attack Asthma at Home: A Practical Approach to Asthma ‘Trigger” Source Control and Prevention” & "Mold in Your Home.” DVDs available in English and Spanish.

Outdoor Air Quality Monitoring: Pollution and Pollen

  • Breathe Easy Network offered by American Lung Association in Washington
    Sign up for e-mail notification service of current air quality.
  • Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
    Current local air quality.
  • AIRNow
    Web-based database managed by Environmental Protection Agency. Historical and current data on air for the entire nation.
    Offers nationwide pollen data on a daily basis. You can get pollen count for a specific area of the country by entering the ZIP code.
  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
    The pollen count is available for the Seattle area on a daily basis through several services, but the mold count is only for Vancouver in Washington.

Radon Test Kit



  • American Lung Association of Washington Tobacco Control Page
    A great resource. Lots and lots of information and links concerning the negative health affects of smoking and how to quit.
  • Quitline by Washington State Department of Health Consumer Products Safety Commission
    Great resource for people who want to quit smoking
  • Smoke Free Washington

Smoke Free Housing

Shopping Guide to Environment - Or Allergy-Friendly Products

Tenant Law

Yard and Gardening